Each year, we look forward to the Christmas movies we’ve seen hundreds of times before. However, there’s a very good reason why they keep their magic.
S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate
Professor Plate's research revolves around one main idea: Religion is about bodies, not beliefs. Our bodily senses (smell, taste, touch, hearing, looking) effect the ways humans are religious, while religious traditions create power and influence by altering the ways we perceive. Through these sensual, bodily encounters, material cultures are created that lay at the heart of religious life. Plate's studies and courses range from developments in cultural anthropology, art history, film studies, and evolutionary science, along with religious studies. Among his 14 books are "Blasphemy: Art that Offends" (2006), "A History of Religion in 5½ Objects" (2014), and "Religion and Film" (2nd ed, 2017). He is co-founder and managing editor of Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief, and serves on several editorial boards for journals and book series. Rodriguez-Plate's essays have been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Religion Dispatches, The Christian Century, Huffington Post, Killing the Buddha, America, and elsewhere.